As the Detroit Tigers headed into May, the outlook was bleak to put it nicely. Fans were upset as they were 8-19 and had the worst run differential in all of baseball. There were a few positives including the start of Akil Baddoo but once again, Miguel Cabrera was written off as a bad player.
Seems like that was a different Detroit Tigers ballclub because as obvious as this next sentence is, it’s pretty much the same players but the results are night and day. Manager A.J. Hinch has guided the Tigers through shark-infested Twitter rage, injuries to his rotation, and slow starts from regulars to provide a stat that is rather astonishing.
We all have seen the state of Detroit sports these days. The Detroit Pistons are rebuilding with a young core lead by GM Troy Weaver. The Lions are under new management and Steve Yzerman is trying to restore the Detroit Red Wings to glory. So this is a minor celebration in a long parade of bad baseball in which there has not been a lot of hope, sans the MLB Draft.
Why is there a minor celebration? Because even taking on Corbin Burnes of the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday, one of the best pictures in baseball with a cutter that is just straight filthy, the Tigers provided one of the more entertaining games in a loss I have seen in a while. They fought, despite the lack of offense, which we will get to shortly.
The month of May has provided fans the Spencer Turnbull no-hitter as one of the best memories of Detroit Tigers baseball in quite some time and the growth of pitchers like Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal, and more.
The Detroit Tigers found an identity in the month of May and here are the four things that made that happen.